Support is highest among women and those with children
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TORONTO, Sept. 13, 2011 /CNW/ - New survey results released today show
that more than 70 per cent of Ontarians believe the province should
adopt a similar policy as Québec for funding in-vitro fertilization
"These results show that a majority of Ontarians get the argument behind
public funding of IVF," said Joanne Horibe of Conceivable Dreams, a
grassroots patient organization representing thousands of infertile
couples across Ontario. "Even if they can't all relate, they
understand that it makes good economic sense. What's more, they now
look to Québec as proof it works."
Today, one in six Ontario couples struggle with infertility. IVF is
often their best and only treatment option. However, since IVF costs on
average $10,000 per treatment cycle, including medications, many
couples choose to implant more than one embryo. As a result, Ontarians
using IVF are 10 times more likely to have a multiple birth than those
who do not. Unfortunately, multiples are 17 times more likely to be
born pre-term, to require a caesarean delivery and to need expensive
care at birth and throughout their lives.
Québec faced a similar problem until, in 2010, they decided to publicly
fund IVF and link it to a policy of single embryo transfer. In addition
to helping more couples realize their dream of starting a family,
Québec was able to reduce the number of multiple pregnancies from 27.2%
down to just 5.2% in just six months. It is now on track to save tens
of millions of dollars as the number of twins and triplets in neonatal
intensive care units begins to drop significantly
New Survey Data:
73 per cent of Ontarians surveyed agree that Ontario should adopt a
policy of publicly funding IVF treatments that is similar to Québec's.
63 per cent of Ontarians surveyed agree that Ontario families should
have some form of public coverage for fertility treatments.
Within the general public, support for some form of coverage was highest
among those with children at 71 per cent and women at 68 per cent.
55 per cent agree that cost should not be a barrier to infertile couples
who need assistance with reproduction.
During Canadian Infertility Awareness Week in May, Ontarians suffering
with infertility met with several Ontario MPP's of all stripes who
spoke favourably to funding fertility, specifically IVF. However,
none of the party platforms include a commitment to implement the
recommendations of the Expert Panel on Infertility and Adoption, which
found that $400-$550 million in healthcare savings could be realized
through the public funding of fertility.
"Given the 71 per cent support among those who are parents, it's obvious
that there is strong support among couples who have been able to
conceive naturally," added Horibe. "No doubt they appreciate the
challenge in building a family and the reward when your dream comes
true. During this election, we're asking for their support in making
our dreams a reality as well."
Over the course of the Ontario election, Conceivable Dreams and its
supporters will be asking all candidates where they stand on funding of
IVF and whether they will commit to helping 1 in 6 Ontarians create
families in a safe way that helps reduce costs to the healthcare
About Conceivable Dreams
Conceivable Dreams, the OHIP for IVF Coalition is the provincial voice
for thousands of infertility sufferers and their supporters across
Ontario. Our goal is to have OHIP coverage of in-vitro fertilization
(IVF) reinstated by the Ontario government.
For more information, please visit - www.conceivabledreams.org and visit Conceivable Dreams on Facebook and on Twitter - www.twitter.com/OHIP4IVF
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The survey was completed on-line from Monday, August 29 - Wednesday, August 31 using Leger Marketing's Online Panel - LegerWeb.
SOURCE Conceivable Dreams
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